He is gained every part there may be to win in moguls, but Mikael Kingsbury nonetheless feels pushed.
It is common for athletes who stand on the Olympic podium to take a hiatus the next season, or at the very least skip the primary few competitions.
Kingsbury apparently is not feeling any psychological lull after claiming gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea, final 12 months.
The 26-year-old from Deux-Montagues, Que., opened his 2018-19 marketing campaign with back-to-back World Cup wins for a head begin on what could possibly be his eighth straight crystal globe because the season’s general champion.
“He completed the Olympic 12 months and once we began working collectively, he was motivated like I’ve by no means seen a man motivated,” Canadian coach Michel Hamelin stated.
“It was loopy. He simply sees the subsequent degree on a regular basis. The subsequent degree of being quick, of larger jumps.”
The yellow season chief’s bib bearing No. 1 appears completely affixed to Kingsbury. Carrying it retains his aggressive fires stoked.
‘I like carrying that bib’
“I like being chased by different individuals,” Kingsbury stated. “I like carrying that bib. I have been carrying it for therefore lengthy and it simply appears proper when it is on me.”
The moguls king is holding court docket in Calgary, the place he has gained seven instances in his profession. Friday’s qualification spherical precedes Saturday’s finals.
The host Canadian staff additionally options 2014 Olympic girls’s champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe and her sister and silver medallist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal.
Veteran Philippe Marquis of Quebec Metropolis will compete for the primary time this season. He reached the boys’s ultimate in Pyeongchang snowboarding on a left knee that was minus an anterior cruciate ligament.
Marquis underwent surgical procedure to switch his ACL inside days of his return.
Brendan Kelly of Pemberton, B.C., Quebec Metropolis’s Laurent Dumais, Kerrian Chunlaud of Ste-Foy, Que., Ryan Portello of Cochrane, Alta., Simon Lemieux and Gabriel Dufresne of Repentigny, Que., Elliot Vaillancourt of Drummondville, Que., Jordan Kober of Penticton, B.C., and Robbie Andison of Oakville, Ont., may also compete in Friday qualifying.
The highest 16 advance to the Saturday’s ultimate with the highest six shifting onto the tremendous ultimate. Ladies’s qualifying can be held Saturday morning earlier than the elimination rounds.
‘I am getting older for certain’
Kingsbury earned the Lionel Conacher Award as The Canadian Press male athlete of the 12 months for 2018, in addition to the Toronto Star’s Lou Marsh Trophy because the nation’s high athlete of the 12 months.
He was the primary freestyle skier to win these awards.
Kingsbury made moguls look straightforward in Thursday’s coaching session with clean, quick skis and daring acrobatics.
However Kingsbury’s sturdiness as an athlete has additionally contributed to a trophy case that features an Olympic gold and silver medal, seven world championship medals and a document 52 World Cup victories.
His compact physique would require extra care over the subsequent quadrennial to the 2022 Winter Video games in Beijing.
Kingsbury is getting into a part in his profession the place the margin between him and a serious harm is thinner because of put on and tear on the physique, plus age.
“I am getting older for certain, so I’ve received to concentrate to the quantity I put on the market on the slope and the way I get well after coaching,” he stated.
“I am not 18 any extra and after I crash it hurts a bit extra.”
Labored exhausting in low season
Kingsbury labored exhausting in low season coaching at making his physique much more compact.
“For me, I needed to get a bit lighter. I am already fairly small, however I placed on some extra muscle and fewer fats simply to remain extra versatile, highly effective and fast,” he defined.
“Firstly of the season you will get away with being heavier and stiff, however if you hit that halfpoint of the season . . . you do not wish to carry somewhat harm to the tip of the season.
“That is the place the crystal globe is gained, in the event you’re in a position to keep wholesome till the tip and handle to place up some nice outcomes on the finish. The explanation I needed to be match is to succeed in my full potential and ski the way in which I would like. I’ve a number of tips I have never competed but that I wish to put myself ready to do.”